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Ice Cream Social Decorations
Ice Cream Social Decorations
Your ice cream party can be casual with minimal decoration, or you can go all the way with a classic old-time ice cream parlor look. For the latter, choose red, white and pink balloons. Hang red streamers down the walls to resemble stripes. Make old-fashioned looking signs and banners welcoming your guests and celebrating the occasion. You can find appropriate fonts on the internet, and to make larger signs print the letters at a time and trace or cut them out. Play some old fashioned calliope music in the background to set the mood at the beginning of the party, and switch to a mix of contemporary favorites later on. You may even consider renting a vintage-looking popcorn cart for the ambience... And the popcorn!

Decorate the tables with a red or white tablecloth, or a striped, checkered or gingham pattern. There are also many ice cream related designs to be found at craft and party stores. For the centerpiece, use large glass jars filled with assortments of old-fashioned candy sticks or gumballs in many colors. You can also weigh down helium balloons with party hands and garnish with ribbons and confetti.

Another clever decoration is to make an ice cream cone balloon arrangement by tying together brown balloons in the shape of a cone, and bunching white balloons speckled with an assortment of pastel colors to resemble a scoop of ice cream!

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Ice Cream Social Activities
Ice Cream Social Activities
You will certainly want to plan plenty of activities to keep your guests busy until it's ice cream time. If you're celebrating outside or have access to a yard, why not play some old-fashioned backyard party games like croquet, horseshoes or lawn bowling? You can find plastic sets of each game for the littlest guests. Let them work up an appetite with tug of war, three-legged races and frisbee golf. If space and weather allow, purchase a few kites for the children to take turns flying.

If the party is indoors, try charades, "pin the cherry on the ice cream cone," a bean bag toss or a game of "hot potato" with an ice cream related toy. You can also break out some classic board games.

There's nothing like homemade ice cream, and while it would probably be too difficult to make enough for a party you may consider renting an old-fashioned crank machine so everyone can have a small bowl. Make an activity out of it (the kids will love taking turns cranking the machine) and serve before digging in to the sundae and toppings bar.

Another fun activity everyone will enjoy is to have an old-fashioned sing-along. If you're a musician (or know one) find sheet music with lyrics of songs from the first half of the 20th century and sing along with the piano, banjo or guitar player. There are many websites where this music can be found, so that you can print out copies for your guests. If you don't know a musician, download instrumental versions of the music and sing along karaoke-style!

After the ice cream is served you will want to set aside time to relax, as your guests will probably be too stuffed to do much else! Gather the children around the television and watch a movie. Good, theme-appropriate choices include old-fashioned musicals like "The Music Man," or the always beloved "Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory."

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